Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Police in Mumbai identify no-selfie zones after drowning

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have identified 16 dangerous selfie spots after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell in to the sea while taking a photo of herself.

The spots include the major tourist attractions of Girgaum Chowpatty beach and Marine Drive promenade as well as the site where the 18-year-old slipped last week, the deputy commissioner, Dhananjay Kulkarni, said. “After the unfortunate incident we have decided to identify 16 spots where taking selfies can be dangerous, but we may add more,” he said.

“We have written to the municipal corporation to put some warning signs up at such points. We want them to deploy some lifeguards also,” Kulkarni added. The girl and two friends fell off rocks into the Arabian Sea near Bandra bandstand in the north of India’s financial capital while taking selfies on Saturday.

A passer-by, 37-year-old Ramesh Walanju, jumped in and helped save the two friends but was washed away by the choppy waters and his body was found in a nearby creek on Monday. The girl is still missing. Police patrolling the selected areas have been briefed to warn people against taking selfies, the deputy commissioner said.

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Anonymous said...

“Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.” - Robert Heinlein